New paradigm shift towards emission-free aviation
FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 will provide an in-depth, systematic scientific analysis and modelling of the hybrid-electric propulsion, power generation system and their integration on aircraft level. This will highlight key-enabling technologies and will reveal existing technology gaps that need to be filled so as to contribute to achieving the Flightpath 2050 goals.
Strengthen the medium and long-term competitiveness of aeronautics
FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 related research will allow the participating universities, research institutes and aerospace companies to improve and enhance their knowledge and competitiveness, in terms of multi-disciplinary design tools and system components, supporting a radically improved integrated aircraft system design.
Engagement of European aviation research community to a highly ambitious topic
In an effort to accelerate the development of future electrified aircraft, open top level aircraft requirements, mission specifications, figures of merit and aircraft configuration definitions will be generated and shared with the aviation research community in the form of an Open Case Study to cross-evaluate solutions and system integration concepts. With its strong design methodology, supported by an effective, multidisciplinary, integrated open-source design tool, FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 will enable a comprehensive technoeconomic environmental risk analysis (TERA). This will support the future use and adjustment of roadmaps and direct R&D actions.
Establishment of roadmaps and prioritization of key enabling technologies
FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 will design a roadmap for a hybrid-electric regional aircraft both for key enabling technologies and for the related regulatory framework. Moreover, the FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 partners will collaboratively define the testing infrastructures required for the validation of breakthrough technologies for the integration of hybrid-electric propulsion and power generation systems in an airframe optimized for this task. This will be matched with the already existing infrastructure, leading to a concise roadmap for future harmonized and interoperable research infrastructures. These outcomes will benefit decision making for; future technological exploration, strategic research infrastructures and regulatory policies while they will be shared with all European stakeholders.
Foundations for next-generation demonstrators
On the basis of a thorough holistic assessment of the current state-of-the-art, key system enablers, related simulation models and remaining technology gaps, FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 will propose integrated development platforms and future European demonstrators required to achieve the ambitious goals set by Flightpath 2050. In particular, it will focus on an exploitation plan towards an innovative, next-generation European demonstrator aircraft in the regional commuter market segment.
Contribution to UN's Sustainable Development Goal 7: Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
Radically new technologies have to be developed and validated in order to mitigate the environmental impact of future air traffic growth. FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 will address the technical as well as the economic impact of the integration of sustainable fuels for the prime mover used for on-board power generation. The resulting 50-seater commuter aircraft concept will be designed for emission free taxiing at the airport.
Further enhancing innovation and competitiveness
FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 established a strong international collaboration, sharing a wide knowledge base and constructively challenging existing mainstream ideas with different research backgrounds. This international collaboration also allows for efficiently making use of existing research infrastructures on a worldwide scale. To help preparing the leading professionals of the future for the challenges of Flightpath 2050, project partners will establish the FᴜᴛPʀIɴᴛ50 academy.